Backpacking on the Arizona Trail
Arizona Trail (AZT) is part of a system of trails designated by Congress as “National Scenic Trails” and is approximately 800 miles long, running the length of Arizona from the border with Mexico to the Arizona-Utah border at Stateline Campground, and is divided into 43 “passages,” averaging 18-miles each. Although several passages were closed because of fire danger, the northern passages were open. On June 30 and July 1, five PebbleCreek hikers backpacked through scenic pines, junipers and sagebrush meadows of Passage 42 (17 miles) and 43 (11 miles). Temperatures in Phoenix were triple digits but because of higher elevation, highs for the backpackers were only in the 80s. The hiking club challenges the summer heat two days a week and occasionally undertakes a backpacking adventure such as this; visit the club website at pchikers.org for more information and photos.